Steven L. Barnett, M.D.

Steven L. Barnett, M.D.

Contact Information

Family Medicine Research Programs
1381 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Appointment: (585) 279-4800

  • Admits to Highland Hospital Admits to Highland Hospital
  • Primary Care Physician Primary Care Physician

Professional Bio

Steve Barnett, MD, was born in Brooklyn, grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Philadelphia, attended medical school in New Jersey and did his residency in Wisconsin. He came to Rochester for the family systems medicine fellowship and stayed in the area doing research, locum tenens family medicine and rural emergency department work. He joined the UR Department of Family Medicine faculty in 2002 in the research division. Dr. Barnett's primary academic focus is health and healthcare research with populations of Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) users and people with hearing loss, their families and communities.

Dr. Barnett is the Director of the CDC-funded Rochester Prevention Research Center: National Center for Deaf Health Research, and is the Program Director at UR for the NIH-funded Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program. He was also medical director (2002-2015) of the award-winning Strong Connections, the University of Rochester Medical Center's pioneering Telehealth Sign Language Interpreter Services Program.

Awards & Honors (National)

Award for Excellence in Research Addressing Cardiovascular Health Equity | American Heart Association (AHA) | AHA EPI/NPAM Conference (San Francisco) 2014
Outstanding Poster Award: Overall Impact | CDC Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Meeting | St Louis, MO 2012
Winner | Poster Contest Commemorating the National Health Interview Survey's 50th anniversary | CDC National Center for Health Statistics | Hyattsville, MD 2007

Awards & Honors (Local)

Community Advocate Award 2015 | Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS | Rochester NY 2015
Excellence Award (for Mentoring and Support of Medical Students) | Department of Family Medicine | University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 2010
Frank W. Lovejoy M.D. Preceptorship in Family Medicine | Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester | Rochester, NY 2004
Family Medicine Faculty Teaching Award | Family Medicine Residency, Department of Family Medicine | University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 2003
Best Seminar, STFM Northeast Region Meeting | Society of Teachers of Family Medicine | Philadelphia, PA 2000

Current Appointments

Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Family Medicine (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD)


Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine


MD | Medicine | New Jersey Medical School1990
BA | Biology | University of Pennsylvania1986

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at Highland Hospital of Rochester07/01/1994 - 06/30/1996
Residency in Family Medicine at St Marys Hospital Medical Center07/01/1991 - 06/30/1993
Internship in Family Medicine at St Marys Hospital Medical Center07/01/1990 - 06/30/1991